Local celebration marks end of Ramadan, encourages understanding

A celebration in La Crosse Tuesday marks a holiday while also working to clear up misconceptions.

The La Crosse Muslim Community and the La Crosse Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network held an Eid Al-Fitr celebration Tuesday evening at Copeland Park.

The holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month-long period where Muslims across the world fast and aim to do good deeds.

People of all backgrounds and religions were invited to attend and learn more about the religion from those who live in our community.

“La Crosse is a welcoming community, but we also definitely want to make sure we have the opportunity to define who we are,” said Wale Elegbede. “We’re not going to let politicians or extremists or anybody define our religion for us, so this is us celebrating our religion with the community.”

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat was among the members of the community to attend tonight’s event.